DID THIS MEET THE HYPE? From Blood & Ash Review

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Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel. 

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

My Thoughts: 

Since I am a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns & Roses series, many readers recommended that I check out one of her fellow fantasy authors, Jennifer L. Armentrout, & her high fantasy book, From Blood and Ash. I totally admit that I didn’t know much going into this one other than the ACOTAR comparison. In short, From Blood and Ash follows Poppy, a Maiden who has many restrictions placed upon her life by the King & Queen due to her abilities, and her budding romance with one of the guards, Hawke. As strange occurrences and deaths occur in the kingdom, Poppy questions if she even wants to face the mysterious Ascension, a ritual which would secure her place as one of the highest beings in the kingdom. 

From Blood and Ash is super well loved in the high fantasy and fantasy romance community. I’ve recently been watching a few Book Tok videos on Tik Tok and From Blood and Ash is absolutely everywhere.  It was the Goodreads Best Romance book for 2020, beating out so many of the contemporary romances I loved last year. I really only know of one book blogging friend who was ‘meh’ about this one, while all of my friends & book bloggers with similar reading tastes as me LOVEEE the series.

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